October 3, 2018

Young Boy Exposed to Graphic Content on Airplane

One of our supporters just called me to tell me of an incidence on her Delta flight. She was seated in an aisle seat next to a 13-year-old boy who was traveling alone.  In the window seat was a man watching a Delta supplied movie with sexually graphic scenes. The boy’s eyes couldn’t avoid the scenes.  Our supporter was so concerned that she got up from her seat and went to the front of the plane to urge the stewardess to help the boy but was told nothing could be done!
This outrages me, as I hope it does you. We’ve had previous success getting airlines to improve policies against pornographic content, but between enforcement, consistency with movie editing, and better protection against sexual harassment there is much more work that needs to be done.
Airlines are chronically ill-prepared to address the growing problem of pornography on airplanes and the ensuing culture of sexual harassment that this fosters. As we see pornography and sexual harassment increase on planes, it’s tragic to also see the FBI reported a 66% increase in full-fledged sexual assaults on planes in the past few years
We have an aggressive campaign beginning against these airlines – already we’ve reached out to their corporate executives and have met with other organizations about ways to join forces to pressure these companies to do the right thing.

Dawn Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

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